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October 13th, 2014
03:38 pm

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Test entry
This is a test public entry. Ignore at will. Or you can ask me a question in comments, if you wish. All comments are screened. I may reply at my option here or by a message in your LJ inbox. (If I decide on the latter but can't send you a LJ inbox message, I'll likely not answer at all.)

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July 2nd, 2013
11:50 am

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My name will not be on this space car
So when I first saw this submission to have your name on a DVD sent with the planned MAVEN Mars probe, I submitted mine, then, reading the rules for the message contest, decided to ask why they had chosen not to allow haiku in Japanese. After a few exchanges of emails, I got the following final answer (cut for length)Collapse )

This puts me in a bind, because I don't write Japanese. (My reason for not wanting my name is on principle grounds, not because I wanted to submit a haiku in Japanese for the contest.) But I know several people reading this do, so I'm turning to them for help. Further, in an attempt to drive my point, instead of haiku, I'd like to provide the NASA people with limericks in Japanese. Any takers?

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April 15th, 2013
11:46 pm

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Fuck, fuck, fuck.
Everyone reading this and their family/friends/etc OK?

http://google.org/personfinder/2013-boston-explosions/ (thanks to diego001)

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February 25th, 2012
05:58 pm

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To the clueless wonders who thought the pics of women on http://www.ipv6buddy.com/ were a good idea
(Emailed and posted here)

I have news for you: they're not. Actually, if you had tried to sabotage that product's image, you couldn't have done better than this. Let me explain:

Looking at the pictures, it's unclear to me whether the women are genuine network engineers or just... hmm, whatever you call the equivalent for photo ads of booth bunnies for trade shows that have them (which, unfortunately, is probably a very large majority if not all of them).

I can see 3 possibilities, listed below in order of decreasing plausibility to me:

1- They're models or booth bunnies posing for what are basically cheesecake pictures. With that amount of cheesecake per bit of useful information, I have to wonder: are you selling any Lactaid on the side? Is that your business model?

2- They're genuine network engineers/technicians/admins that you somehow tricked, pressured, or coerced into posing for those pics. If true, that's demeaning to them and to women working in technical fields in general, and only makes me want to stay away from your company and your product, and to encourage others around me to do the same.

3- They're genuine network engineers/technicians/admins doing that of their own, free will, without any outside pressure of any kind. I find that very hard to believe, because, frankly, they don't speak like any women I know in technical fields, judging by the words you put in their mouths. If anything, they sond like someone's idea of what Net Engineer Barbie might say. For one thing, the women I know in technical fields are markedly blunter (and sometimes crude) when interacting with their professional peers, and tend to mention specific, hard figures in their comments. But more to the point, even if that is the case, I find it demeaning to *me* that you're trying to wrap your product in cheesecake rather than let it speak for itself.

In summary, the most favorable opinion I get of your company, from your website, is "That product is crap, and we know it. Let's try to sell it instead by showing some gams and boobies." Sorry, buddies, it's not working.

Sincerely - Pau Amma

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October 4th, 2011
04:16 pm

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From today's spam, offering me a loan at a "very reasonable rate".
Here;s what it wants to see in an application:
Full Name :...... Location:...... Sex :....... Phone :.... Monthly
Income:...... Amount necessary :....... Longitude :...... Year
Longitude???

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July 24th, 2011
02:30 pm

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Got some spam for (probably) slave^Wcontract labor
Most entertaining excerpts are the position categories:
[...]5. Laborers & Lobsters
I wonder what working as a lobster entails.
[...]22. Nurse; MIDWIVES and FEMALE
FLORIST
How are these related?
[...]30. Civil Foreman, 31. Foreman
Glad they have options for uncivil foremen.
[...]39. Motor Re winder
For rubber band motors, presumably?

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March 23rd, 2011
10:21 pm

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A tale of 2 skript kiddies
So 2 weeks ago, stupid skript kiddie #1 sent the following to wp-hackers@ (because everyone knows that if it has "hackers" in there, it's for l33t h4x0rs):
my name is bayo am from nigeria and i realy need tools like cc ,mailer, how to get login into account and other tools pls put me thru and how to hacker into any account in nigeria or companies here.
Today, stupid skript kiddie #2 replied to the list with a price list for fresh CC dumps.

List members had the expected disbelief-to-cynical amusement-to-fun at his expense. Not getting the joke, or maybe feeling fun at his expense was undeserved, stupid skript kiddie #2 objected as follows:
hey i am not joking here
On 23 March 2011 18:02, Gavin Pearce wrote:
> +1 for slim just left the building
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> Kwalock - I do hope you're joking around.
Sadly, one of the list admins then said recess was over.

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August 14th, 2010
03:36 pm

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Sorry, I didn't catch your name...
From: Richard Branson
Greetings,
I write to request your co-operation in my desire to find a foreign
partner who will assist me in the relocation and investment of the sum of
Fifteen million British Pounds Sterling Only ,which is presently available
and in my possession. Tough i have not met with you before but I believe,
one has to risk confiding in someone to succeed sometime in life.
Presently, I am a serving government functionary in my Native Country. The
money was realized from gratification/kickbacks which were received from
foreign contractors who executed contracts for my country in the last 2
years.

I am unable to travel out now, [rest snipped]

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July 26th, 2010
02:19 pm

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Unclear on the concept
I just got an investment scam email, and the URL I'm supposed to go to for more information is: http://10.8.49.15/hportal/VirtualPageView.jsp?page_id=777

(yes, a private address unreachable from the Internet)

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July 23rd, 2010
03:26 pm

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Excerpts from a spam comment I got today:
besides crop up fame the mungo pony version, [...] wanting or succinct sleeved pennies image polos, USA cache polos, and level a dip-dyed non-fiction of the jumbo ed hardy jeans [...] hour crack are websites that recommend the sale of polos from ed hardy bikini at an exact junior fee.
What's dip-dyed nonfiction and where can I get some?

And there's more:
Four caducity ago, says Bernard Arnault, LVMH made a shaky proposal, citing superlative a takeover by lee jeans procreate and beverage conglomerate [...] ed hardy jeans was a juvenescence shareholder. If true religion jeans were controlled by a huge group appreciate LVMH, I would exit.
juvenescence? true religion jeans? procreate and beverage conglomerate?)

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May 7th, 2010
08:57 pm

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This is disturbing on several counts.
So I got the following picture (behind the cut) as an ad on some web page I visited a few days ago. I find it disturbing on several counts (below and behind the cut). Anyone wants to speculate on what the ad authors were smoking when they came up with that?

Possibly triggery picture and text inside - apparent injuries or violenceCollapse )

Regardless of what caused the skin markings on the right half, the caption uses the female form for the adjectives - however, judging by the hint of a shadow on the chin and around the mouth of the left half, the person depicted is a male.

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March 24th, 2010
07:39 pm

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Scammers are moving into microcredit?
At least, that's how I interpret:
After the last annual calculation of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of 820.50 Rupees.

Bank account holders at the Bank of India, will receive the money within 12 hours after filling the form.
(that's less than $20 at current exchange rates, I think)

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January 25th, 2010
04:56 pm

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More fun with spam
Contact the Director of (FEDEX EXPRESS COURIER COMPANY)
Fedex Express: when it absotively, posilutely must get there faster than FedEx can manage.

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December 18th, 2009
06:44 pm

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The following was posted to wp-hackers@lists.automattic.com...
HI GOOD EVENING I"m an idiot who thinks that just because a mailing list has "hacker" in its name it"s a skr1pt k1dd13 hangoutCollapse )
I'm waiting for someone to say "xyzzy".

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December 16th, 2009
05:01 pm

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An intriguing offer, but I'll pass
Mrs. Amira Dominguez 11:27 am From Mrs. Amira Dominguez - I NEED YOUR URGENT ASS...

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November 1st, 2008
01:51 am

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LJ Volunteers Trick or Treat 2008: the Pau Amma edition
Background: LJ Volunteer Trick-or-Treat 2008

The links below all lead to one or more series of tricks and associated treats. Some or all of them may be inaccessible to you, because they're reserved to certain categories of current volunteers. If you don'(t have access to any, you can do the one at the end of this entry, if you're curious. (It's actually a duplicate of one of the options I linked.)

Tricks and Treats 2008 for support trainers
Tricks and Treats 2008 for supporthelps
Tricks and Treats 2008 for support admins
Tricks and Treats 2008 for all LJ volunteers or would-be volunteers

Trick for anyone curious about volunteering for LJ or wanting to know more: On November 1 or November 2, read FAQ 57 (How can I help?).

Treat for anyone curious about volunteering for LJ or wanting to know more: I will answer your questions about volunteering (or about my involvement with it) to the best of my ability. If I can't answer your question myself, I'll get someone else to answer it.

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July 23rd, 2008
07:37 am

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Radovan Karadzic was captured.
I hope he pays for all his victims, one by one.

Current Mood: jubilant, burning hatred
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May 22nd, 2008
11:04 pm

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LiveJournal Advisory Board elections
If you're not sure whether to vote, see http://community.livejournal.com/lj_2008/3645.html and http://news.livejournal.com/108365.html. Second link also has a list of candidates, linked to their positions on a number of issues, to help you make your mind on who to vote for.

To vote, go to http://community.livejournal.com/lj_election_en/25463.html.

My own endorsements, if you"re interested or suggestibleCollapse )

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May 8th, 2008
10:30 am

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More fun with spam. And webcomics. And stuff.

When I see spam with subject "lesbian training", I'm reminded of:

a S*P strip involving Davan, Monette, and a newspaper
3(20.0%)
another S*P strip (see comment)
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another (web or paper) comic (see comment)
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something else (see comment)
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nothing specific, it's just more $expletive spam
6(40.0%)
nothing, I don't get spam with that subject
2(13.3%)

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March 17th, 2008
04:35 am

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An open letter to Jason Shellen

This is a copy of an email I just sent to Jason Shellen, about the way he announced disabling Basic accounts. Please do not repost, but feel free to link or quote shorts excerpts with attribution and a link to the original entry.



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March 13th, 2008
02:20 am

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As of a few hours ago, you can no longer create Basic (free, ad-less) journals...
If you would like to provide feedback either on the decision itself or the way it was (or rather, wasn't) announced, you should direct it to upper management, either by email or telephone or by postal mail. If you choose either way, try to be reasonably grammatical and articulate.

Whatever your opinion of it (and especially if it is negative) please do not send email to feedback@ or open a support request. These will go either to people who know what you have to say (and likely said it themselves already) or to people like me who would much rather deal with requests about actual problems using the site than with reactions to upper managements decisions and methods.

Thanks for listening.

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February 26th, 2008
02:09 pm

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Deconstructing spam subjects
Earlier today, I got a spam with the subject line: "The World Most Effective PenisLonger", and I had a fun 10 minutes deconstructing it.

PenisLonger (or alternatively, penis-longer) can be someone who longs for a penis. In that case, are they longing for an effective penis, or longing effectively for one (either effective or not)? If the latter, does "longing effectively" mean that they obtained quickly what they were longing for, and were they wishing for one attached to them, attached to someone else, or not attached to anyone?

It could also be analyzed as an adjective (long) that was first verbed then made into an actor by adding the -er suffix. (Ie, what in more traditional English would be called a lengthener.) We all known since Bill Watson that verbing nouns is desirable, but this would be the first example that I know of of an adjective being verbed and the resulting verb nouned. Has anyone seen that before?

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December 27th, 2007
02:22 pm

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Oh, crap.
RIP Benazir Bhutto, June 21 1953-Dec 27 2007

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September 24th, 2007
05:56 am

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For those of you who haven't seen this elsewhere.
If there is a feature of LiveJournal (the software - not the business) that you would love to use but can't, or have trouble using, because it's poorly designed, confusing, unreliable, or not worth using because it makes you jump through unnecessary hoops, what is it, how do you think it should work instead, and why?

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August 22nd, 2007
09:58 am

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Do I want to know?
Your Klein Bottle Hat is made of a scientifically balanced mix of 85 percent wool delicately shorn from contented Midwestern lambs, then blended with carefully selected 15 percent Mohair from grinning Angora goats in Texas (Goats have a lot to grin about in Texas).

Also, nilptr, zem, and The Marine At The End Of The Bar (among others) would probably enjoy this. (feel free to pass it on)

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August 2nd, 2007
07:10 am

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For people in the Minneapolis area, or looking for news of friends in that area...
http://community.livejournal.com/mnstf/94019.html (check the entry and comments if you're looking for news, or comment on the entry if you live in the area, or can report on someone who does)

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July 11th, 2007
11:48 pm

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I need about 300 comments on this entry
(because I want to check something, and I need over 1000 comments on my journal for that)

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June 2nd, 2007
10:35 pm

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Bug reproduction
This entry contains the strings http and see_request.bml for no discernible reason. It then rambles on for a bit, finally mentioning auth=foo auth=foo, but you only see the second one.

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10:41 am

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Of soulless corporations, abstract people, and concrete people
Six Apart and its LiveJournal division aren't monolithic entities. They're made of people. Not just abstract people, or convenient, faceless people-shaped targets for accusations, or for mitigating statements or excuses such as "people are fallible, they sometimes panic and overreact or have lapses of judgement" (whether or not there's any truth to either accusations or excuses). They're concrete people. People that I have come to appreciate and enjoy in the over 2 years I have been associating with them, socializing with them, and working with them. Friends, in a few cases.

If any of you wondered why I sounded defensive or short-tempered in IRC discussions or journal comments this week, that is why, and I refuse to apologize for it.

Thank you for your attention.

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April 19th, 2007
06:01 am

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RIP Liviu Librescu, 1931?-Apr 17, 2007.
He was dedicated to his students to the end.

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February 2nd, 2007
07:15 am

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I vow to hold true to the principle of courage: to think and act clearly in the presence of fear.

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January 3rd, 2007
02:50 pm

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Life imitates art
A mice time was had by all

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November 16th, 2006
08:30 pm

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Color me scared. Or something.
As linked to from http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2006/11/more_voting_lin.html, comes this Wired.com gem. The best part is:
Proponents argue they can address specific security concerns of internet voting from an engineering perspective. [...] The susceptibility of home PCs to malicious code could be resolved with closed set-top boxes that only run open-source, verified and digitally-signed software. The large variety of ballots between counties, coupled with a potentially large sample of audit firms handling the elections, could also make a unified hack of national elections more difficult.
Does no one remember http://cm.bell-labs.com/who/ken/trust.html anymore? :-(

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November 14th, 2006
09:47 am

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Following the outage earlier this month...
Time extension for paid and permanent accounts.

(apologies to anyone seeing this a hundred times)

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September 18th, 2006
04:32 am

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Where was that teacher when I was in JH? :-(

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September 5th, 2006
02:23 pm

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First it was the Enterprise, then...
Orion shall rise!

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09:00 am

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Pimping comms
Join welovelj. You know you want to.

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August 18th, 2006
10:16 am

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How is the solar system like a red, red wine?

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July 24th, 2006
03:02 pm

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The mayor of a New Jersey town took exception to a McD ad in Spanish, and wrote them requesting that the ad be taken down. The name of the town? C&C warningCollapse )

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July 12th, 2006
06:12 pm

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Russian leetspeak?
http://community.livejournal.com/ljtranslators/71169.html?thread=195585#t195585 (apparently rude, but not knowing any Russian, I'm not sure how rude - read at your own risk)

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July 4th, 2006
12:37 pm

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Vintage S*P
Jason: "Hank, I've got a question for you. See, we need to use a lot of blood for this show..."

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June 29th, 2006
09:39 pm

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RIP Jim Baen (October 22, 1943 - June 28, 2006)
Obit. by David Drake

Current Mood: Somber
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May 30th, 2006
06:38 pm

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A deserved tribute.
Seen in idonotlikepeas' journal, passing it on with an addition.
I'd like to talk for a few moments about LiveJournal's Abuse Team, who are the first responders when there is a complaint of a legal or otherwise sensitive nature.

The Abuse Team does a hard, thankless, and vitally important job. It's not an exaggeration to say that this service would not exist if a group of dedicated people did not volunteer to be its combination police force and fire department. And what do they get in return for this? Money? Fame? No. They get the emnity of everyone they have to admonish or suspend, and of everyone those people can stir up. And all of those people seem to think that the best way to protest a law is to have all their friends dial 911 at the same time. And they can't respond the way they ought to be able to, because unlike those people they understand concepts like "confidentiality" and "professional ethics".

I, for one, am tired of the fact that you only hear about the Abuse Team when people are bitching about them.

So here's what I'd like to say to the Abuse Team:

Thank you. Thank you for making sure that our communities are not filled with spammers. Thank you for making it so that I can search for other users who share my interests without being exposed to hundreds of pictures of lacerated penises. Thank you for saving peoples' lives when things goes horribly wrong. Thank you for keeping my account from getting broken into. Thank you for not bending over for everyone that wants to use you as a club to beat down someone they don't like. Thank you for eating crap every day so I can tell the world what Lord of the Rings character some website thinks I am.

And if you agree? Copy and paste this entry into your journal. And, if you like, edit what I've said to include your own reasons for thanking the Abuse Team instead of mine. Let them hear something other than complaints for a while.
I've filed one request to the abuse people. It wasn't to complain about someone or something: I needed to know whether something I was considering, and which I thought might be skirting the boundaries, was acceptable, and or needed changes to be. I was afraid the answer would be non-committal, full of weasel words, and content-free. Instead, it was clear, informative, and complete. From my work in support, I know how mind-numbing it can be to provide good answers to technical questions day after day. I can't imagine how harder it becomes when the questions dwelve on conflicts and behavior standards instead, or how tempting it is to dismiss or short-change a question that doesn't involve an emergency, or someone being hurt or at risk. To their credit, the person handling my request did neither. For which, much thanks. You know who you are, as I do. (I'm not going to give a name without permission, because this is a public post, and I refuse to provide trolls with targets.)

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May 24th, 2006
06:58 pm

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*snerk*
http://mina-de-malfois.livejournal.com/ (through hitchhiker)

(bekithewitch and cmwinters will probably enjoy this one most)

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May 3rd, 2006
03:44 pm

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If Chaucer had a blog...

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April 19th, 2006
08:47 pm

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CEPT request.
http://ladydiana.livejournal.com/1185127.html

Feel free to link to the original, or pass along.

(And yes, this is the same one I mentioned in The Channel ThatShall Not Be Named a few weeks ago.

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March 15th, 2006
08:01 am

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Nice rant at the end there.

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March 3rd, 2006
09:42 am

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As seen in linguaphiles
http://reverent.org/sounds_like_faulkner.html

I got 42%

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February 27th, 2006
09:22 pm

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socket() to me
http://www.defectiveyeti.com/archives/001599.html

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February 25th, 2006
01:31 pm

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Unintended humor in street names - or is it?
This news item (seen in tamouse's journal) reminded me of a street name over here that I find very funny. Well, not the name itself, which translates to something like "Social Welfare Avenue", but the fact that the street bearing this name is a dead-end.

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